Some more on the Lasordapalooza display at the Pomona Public Library that we visited in today’s column (linked here), and included a winning art entry by Greg Jezewski of Los Angeles – Tommy Lasorda kneeling at the gates of heaven being denied entrance and sent to a fiery resolution.
Jezewski explained that the piece is inspired by Rene Magritte, the Belgian surrealist artist known in the pop culture circles for his juxtaposition of ordinary objects in an unusual context.
The words, “Leci n’est pas une picket” are a spin off of Magritte’s “Leci n’est paus une pipe,” which means, “This is not a pipe,” but it is a picture of a pipe.
“This means ‘This is not a pitcher,’” says Jezewski. “Or it could mean ‘picture.’ I like the dual meaning.”
There’s a triptych piece in oil by Michael Guccione, inspired by Lasorda’s famous tirade about Dave Kingman’s three-home run afternoon against the Dodgers after he was asked his opinion by radio reporter Paul Olden.
The middle piece depicts Kingman dreaming someday of Lasorda begin embarassed in an All-Star Game – which he was, spun onto his backside by a foul ball.
“The third pannel shows a Paul Olden dream through the eyes of Lasorda on a visit to his protologist,” Guccione said.
And yes, there were things a little more, ahem, brutal about Lasorda in this exhibit.
Things that seem to take things a bit too personal down the road of parenthood and making judgements that do not necessarily seem fair. I’ll defend their right to free speech, but that comes with some caviats.
And this piece by Mary Cannon, “Tommy: The Sacred and Profane,” with a tray of Catholic communion waifers that contain snippets of the words used to tell the stories of Lasorda raised money by losing weight on Slim-Fast to help Sisters of Mercy in Philadephia, and how he went off on a foul-language rant once against Kingman.
There could be some who claim this is sacreligious.
But that, again, is art’s purpose. To get one to think, react, feel it.
Tommy Lasorda, on any level, emits feelings. That’s what this display, and this day in the library, painfully showed.
== More upcoming events by the Baseball Reliquary:
= June 2-30 at the South Pasadena Public Library (1100 Oxley St., South Pasadena, 626.791.7647) is “Son of Cardboard Fetish,” a continuing celebration of baseball cards. Josh Wilker, who just wrote “Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told through Baseball Cards,” will be appearing Thursday, June 10 for a book signing at the South Pasadena Public Library community Room (1115 El Centro Street, So Pasadena).
= Sunday, July 18, 2 p.m.: The Shrine of the Eternals 2010 induction, for Pete Rose, Roger Angell and Casey Stengel at the Pasadena Central Library (285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena.
= July 6-30: The Shrine of the Ternals: 33 & Counting exhibit at the Pasadena Central Library.
= Saturday, Sept. 18: A panel discussion on the 40th anniversary of the issue of Jim Bouton’s book, “Ball Four,” with Bouton present. Info to come.